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The Remake of The Pink Panther, released in 2006. Steve Martin stars as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a bumbling detective assigned to solve the murder of a famous football coach and the theft of the famous Pink Panther diamond.

It received a sequel in 2009, The Pink Panther 2.

    Tropes applying to both films 
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Dreyfus in these films never becomes a murderer like his original counterpart and is at worst a glory-obsessed opportunist. The second film does reference the original versions murderous hatred of Clouseau with an offhand comment about wishing he had shot him.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The original Clouseau was a Clueless Detective who solved cases more through dumb luck than any ingenuity on his part. This version of Clouseau at first seems to be just as much of a buffoon as his original depiction but shows occasional flashes of brilliance and the climax of each film has him solving the case through his own intelligence.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original movies, Dreyfus often tried to keep Clouseau away from any major cases to cause him from causing chaos on a mass scale and embarrassing law enforcement. This version puts Clouseau on the Pink Panther case in the first movie simply to use him as a distraction for the media while he quietly works on solving the case himself. In the sequel, he places Clouseau on a wild goose chase in the form of an undercover traffic duty assignment to keep him away from any important cases in which Clouseau could upstage him. And while the original Dreyfus seemed to have some respect for police work - which was the primary source of his hatred of Clouseau's antics - this version only cares about fame and recognition.
  • Animated Credits Opening:
    • The first film has one directed by Bob Kurtz at Kurtz and Friends. And it's a good one, too!
    • The Pink Panther 2 also features one by Imaginary Forces.
  • Continuity Reboot: Set in an entirely new era and timeline, with no connections to the previous films.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • The Pink Panther (2006): When Ponton expresses bafflement at Clouseau not labelling Bizu a prime suspect and arrest him despite Bizu openly admitting he has a strong motivation for wanting to kill Gluant (which Ponton sees as an indirect confession). Clouseau, in his "jigsaw puzzle" speech, basically points out that they don't have the whole story of Gluant yet and it's best to investigate the case from every angle they can even if the evidence initially leans toward a particular suspect. This is a perfectly sound decision as Bizu turns out to not be the killer.
    • The Pink Panther 2: Pepperidge expresses concern that the thief is going to fence the stolen items but Clouseau points out that most of the items are too famous to be sold on the black market. The only fencable item is the Pink Panther which can be cut down into smaller gems. This is precisely Sonia's plan.
  • Genius Ditz: Inspector Jacque Clouseau isn't necessarily the brightest protagonist ever put to film. He has a long history of hit-or-miss cases in his hometown, is often Sarcasm-Blind, takes euphemisms and metaphors literally, will often try to apply genre tropes in mind whenever the predictable happens, claims to know karate but is never shown to have any talent in it and has a speech impediment. That said, he has a rather hyper-focused attention to details some may overlook, understands Chinese and was able to uncover both Pink Panther thefts (and all murders involved) with way more accuracy than two separate teams, the first the Chief Inspector's team, the second a Dream Team of international detectives with way more impressive wins under their belts.
  • Glory Hound: In both films, Dreyfus is less concerned with police work and more concerned with fame and recognition. He even tries to take credit for Clouseau's solving the case in the climaxes.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • The Pink Panther (2006): Apparently applies to Nigel Boswell, AKA Agent 006 (Clive Owen), who states that he is in the casino on a case that requires his discretion, to the extent that he takes out the notorious Gas Mask Bandits in a manner that lets Clouseau take the credit so nobody will know Boswell was there.
    • The Pink Panther 2: The other members of the Dream Team have their own histories and careers as detectives. Part of the reason they come to despise Clouseau so much is that his stupidity is making them look bad on an international stage and could bring ruin to their reputations.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dreyfus suffers this in both films.
    • The Pink Panther (2006): Dreyfus places Clouseau on the case of Gluant's murder and the Pink Panther theft intending for Clouseau to draw the attention of the media and the culprit while Dreyfus quietly conducts his own investigation and uncovers the culprit. However, Clouseau turns out to be smarter than Dreyfus and the audience are lead to believe and ends up being the one to close the case. Worse, Clouseau is awarded the Legion of Honour which Dreyfus had been trying to win for seven years.
    • Pink Panther 2: Dreyfus places Clouseau on traffic duty to keep him out of any important cases. Clouseau's records of cars he has ticketed prove vital in him solving the case of who stole the Pink Panther. When Dreyfus tries to take credit for this, Clouseau denies that Dreyfus was the one who put him traffic duty, as Dreyfus himself had specifically ordered.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Inspector Clouseau's interaction with Nicole...
    Nicole: Would you like me to stay behind and help you?
    Clouseau: That is a generous offer, Nicole. But I am quite sensitive to office gender politics. And in today's world, the slightest gesture can be misinterpreted as harassment. And it is late, and I would prefer not to put you or me into that delicate situation. Agreed?
    Nicole: Yes, I agree.
    Clouseau [kisses Nicole]: Well, lets seal it with a kiss. And I'll get back to work.
    [A moment later, Clouseau casually slaps Nicole on her butt as she leaves]
    Italian Reporter: Mr. Pepperidge, was the Dream Team asleep when the theft occurred?
    Pepperidge: No comment.
    Italian Reporter: Do you think they will recover the ring?
    Pepperidge: If I gave a comment, when I said "no comment", I would look like a complete ass, wouldn't I?
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Played for Laughs. Inspector Clouseau is not "prejudiced" per se, but he tends to make a lot of off-color remarks out of ignorance. He clears the air about "office politics" with Nicole before giving her a kiss and a Flirtatious Smack on the Ass. He admits to never having had a hamburger because it is "disgusting American food", only to fall in love with it at first bite when he finally has one. This is taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, where he makes various off-color remarks towards Asians, Italians, women, blondes and so on, much to the frustration of the station's manners teacher Mrs. Yvette Berenger as well as his teammates Vincenzo and Kenji who are Italian and Japanese respectively.

    The Pink Panther (2006) 
  • Actor Allusion: Clive Owen's character is codenamed 006 prompting Clouseau to ask him if he wasn't good enough to be 007. Clive Owen was at one point considered for the role of James Bond.
  • Asshole Victim: Yves Gluant, the murder victim, comes across as this for most of the film, as he cheated on his girlfriend and apparently verbally abused and belittled most of the other coaches; Yuri explicitly states that Gluant took credit for his own brilliant French defence plan and treated Yuri like he was dead.
  • Bat Deduction: While looking at an Internet picture of himself at the airport, Clouseau spots the Pink Panther diamond in the background, hidden in Xania's purse but visible on the baggage scanner's screen which everyone else missed due to the commotion Clouseau caused. This somehow leads to Clouseau deducing that Yuri is the murderer of both Gluant and Bizu and is planning to make Xania his third victim.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Anyone who understands Cantonese will find out that the old Chinese lady is basically asking Clouseau why she's being interrogated and that she's busy and has other things to do. Clouseau somehow believes she tells him to look for soccer trainers for their knowledge of poisons.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • A key piece of evidence is only revealed to Clouseau because he can speak Chinese (although this fact isn't definitively revealed to the audience at first); soccer trainers are required to have knowledge of Chinese herbs, prompting Clouseau to start considering Yuri the trainer as a suspect.
    • Dreyfus dismisses the fact that the coroner's report mentions Bizu was killed with a perfect shot to the occipital lobe; Yuri learned this while in the Russian army as part of his training and used it to kill Bizu.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Dreyfus: Well, this is a glorious day for France.
    Clouseau: How so, Chief Inspector?
    Dreyfus: Because a stupid idiot named Clouseau is going to be stripped of his rank while I take over his case.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: While chasing the gunman who tried to kill Xania, Clouseau and Ponton decide to split up to cut him off. When Ponton catches up to the man and holds him at gunpoint, Clouseau shows up and accidentally slams a door open in front of Ponton, knocking him down. While Clouseau checks to see if Ponton is okay, the killer resumes running away.
  • Convenient Photograph: Near the end, Clouseau reveals that he uncovered whereabouts of the Pink Panther diamond after looking at a newspaper photo of himself getting arrested at the airport. He noticed, in the background, the diamond visible on an x-ray monitor as Xania's purse was being screened.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Clouseau figures out that the killer will strike again at the Presidential Palace, and just so happens to have a bag in his deserted office marked "Presidential Palace" with everything he could possibly need to break in undetected. This includes a body suit for both him, and his assistant, with different camouflage on the front and back identical to the wallpaper and drapes (respectively) found in the palace.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all that Clouseau comes across as an idiot, he has a detailed knowledge of obscure rules and legislations that helps him crack the case, such as knowing that all soccer trainers must have a knowledge of Chinese herbs or that all Russian army members must know the location of the occipital lobe.
  • Darker and Edgier: A minor example but there were never any murders in the original film. The villain was simply a jewel thief, not a murderer.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Clouseau is basically promoted to serve as this in the original film; as Dreyfus doesn’t want to risk becoming a scapegoat if he fails to solve the case or let someone else take credit for solving it, he gives the task to Clouseau on the grounds that Clouseau is an incompetent who can publicly get nowhere while Dreyfus assembles a team to tackle the case himself in a more discreet fashion.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Dreyfus comes to believe that the murderer is Dr. Lee Pang, a man whose money Gluant gambled away. Pang being in the VIP seat when Glaunt was murdered and the poison from the dart that killed Gluant being Chinese certainly make this theory seem very plausible. It turns out to be a red herring. The real killer is Yuri.
  • Fainting: Nicole swoons and faints during Clouseau's closing speech about love in film's climax.
  • Groin Attack:
    • A subtle example - during the Animated Credits Opening, as the Pink Panther is tangoing with Clouseau he winds up kneeing him in the groin. Clouseau's expression is what makes it.
    • Clouseau accidentally does this to himself in the film proper when trying to demonstrate Electric Torture to Bizu.
  • In Name Only: While it is indeed a Pink Panther film, there is very little resemblance between this and the original. Rather, it resembles later instalments, the presence of Dreyfus and Clouseau's role as protagonist being the biggest examples. There is no Charles Litten, Clouseau is unmarried and while the Pink Panther diamond is never actually stolen like in the original film, the plots differ with the original being climaxed with the attempted theft and a chase scene while this remake centers around the perceived theft. Also, there were no deaths in the original.
  • Likes Older Men: Both Xania and Nicole are attracted to Clouseau. Xania has an ill-fated dinner date with him, whereas Nicole is the one who wins his heart. In the original cut of the film before it was altered to earn a PG rating, Xania and Clouseau indeed sleep together. This does not occur in the final cut.
  • Literal-Minded: Do not enter room when red light is flashing. Clouseau hastily enters when light switches. Entire interaction with Yuri the trainer who trains.
  • Logo Joke: We see Leo the Lion roaring the MGM logo as usual... and then the logo opens up like a door and we see the animated Clouseau, who looks around for a second, then walks off, revealing that the Pink Panther is behind him. The Panther gives the audience a smirk and slams the "door", and we see a very confused-looking Leo.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Pink Panther:
      • During the Animated Credits Opening, the Pink Panther dresses as a conductor and begins to conduct an offscreen orchestra. He did the very same thing in the title sequence of the original 1963 film.
      • The Animated Credits Opening begins with the Pink Panther dancing under a spotlight, just like the title sequence of The Return of the Pink Panther.
    • Clouseau plans to randomly attacks Ponton without warning, a reversal of A Shot in the Dark when he asks Cato to randomly attack him when he least expects it. Ponton manages to foil Clouseau's attacks, prompting Clouseau to respond with "Good one!" In The Pink Panther 2, Ponton's sons Louis and Antoine attack Clouseau without warning when he's trying to rest up.
  • Naked People Are Funny: At one point during the Animated Credits Opening, we see the Pink Panther enter a room wearing a police uniform like Clouseau's. Once the Panther exits, Clouseau enters... and realizes that he's naked and covers himself.
  • Noodle Incident: The opening scene of the first film has Dreyfus reflecting on Clouseau's history. This includes a case where Clouseau somehow believed that a man named Pierre Fuquette had been murdered and slammed open three different doors to accuse the resident of being the murderer, resulting in him accusing a dog, a baby, and the not-dead-at-all Pierre Fuquette of the crime. After recognizing the third, Clouseau just declared the case closed.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The scene with a Chinese lady is played twice, the second time with subtitles revealing the vital information she had to offer.
  • Product Placement: As Clouseau tries a hamburger for the first time and falls in love with the taste, the McDonald's logo is very prominently featured behind him.
  • Running Gag:
    • As a Mythology Gag, Clouseau tries to keep Ponton on his feet by randomly trying to attack him, only for Ponton to counter him every time. This is a Mythology Gag referencing how Cato would randomly attack Clouseau in the original films.
    • Recurring scenes of marathon cyclers getting injured in various slapsticky ways, often by Clouseau's bumbling antics.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: The investigation into Yves Gluant's death leads to a long list of suspects who had possible motive for killing him.
    • Xania, a famous pop star and Glaunt's girlfriend/fiancée, whom he had repeatedly cheated on and was once heard yelling at him "I will kill you". Xania turns out to be innocent of Gluant's murder and is actually keeping the diamond in secret; Gluant gave it to her before his death as an engagement ring and promise to be faithful to her. Xania withheld this knowledge out of fear she would be implicated in his death.
    • Bizu, a French soccer player who resented Gluant for "stealing" Xania.
    • Raymond Laroque, Gluant's business partner. The two opened up a restaurant together from which Gluant embezzled money to feed his gambling habit.
    • Vainqueur, Gluant's assistant coach who became the head coach following his death. Gluant was verbally abusive towards Vainqueur who is unsurprisingly not saddened by his death.
    • Dr. Lee Pang a Chinese man with whom Gluant had some dalliances with. Pang would send Gluant large sums of money to invest on his behalf only for Gluant to gamble them away.
    • It is ultimately revealed that the true murderer of Gluant is Yuri, the Russian trainer whose game plans Gluant took credit for.
  • Who's on First?: When Clouseau learns that Bizu's last words were "Oh, it's you," he tells Ponton to find somebody named You to interrogate.

    The Pink Panther 2 (2009) 
  • Avengers, Assemble!: The film opens with an international 'Dream Team' of detectives being assembled from Britain, Spain, Japan and France to track down the Tornado (although Ponton and Nicole also represent France during the investigation).
  • Brick Joke: Randall Pepperidge proclaims twice that if Clouseau solves the case, he would wear a pink tutu. At the very end, he appears at Clouseau and Nicole's wedding wearing an ill-fitting pink dress.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A Rule of Three variant occurs in The Pink Panther 2: Clouseau's parking ticket assignment from Dreyfus which he uses to identify Sonia's car:
    Clouseau: Today I was staring at Miss Solandres's license plate. I recognized it because of my... unique system of cross-referencing. I became aware that I had given a parking ticket to the same car, two days before Miss Solandres claimed she arrived in Paris... one day before the Pink Panther was stolen.
    • The replica of the Pink Panther diamond that he showed to Ponton's sons, which he plants in the museum as bait for the Tornado.
    Clouseau: I knew the Tornado would eventually come after the Pink Panther, so I went to the museé with a simple plan in mind. I had convinced my old friend, Robert the night guard, to turn off the security system for the few moments necessary to save the most beautiful object in France. I then switched the Pink Panther with the replica I had at home. [He takes the real Pink Panther out of its case] This is the real Pink Panther. It was the fake that was stolen.
    • And the Medal of Honor which deflects a bullet fired by Sonia.
  • "Eureka!" Moment:
    • Clouseau has one while staring at the license plate of Sonia's car. By checking his records, Clouseau realizes he had given a ticket to the same car two days before the Pink Panther was stolen - this contradicts Sonia's alibi that she had been delayed to the crime scene by her flight. In reality, she had been Paris much earlier and committed the theft.
    • Clouseau had one when the Tornado's fake suicide note describes the beauty of the Pink Panther diamond which the thief supposedly destroyed. Clouseau realized the Tornado couldn't have been the thief because the Pink Panther diamond had been swapped with a replica Clouseau had at home to protect it; the Tornado would have been able to tell it was a fake.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • After the Dream Team leaves Avellaneda's home, the Tornado steps out, having been offered shelter by Avellaneda. As they leave, the Tornado mentions that he knows a member of the Dream Team personally.
    • At one point, Sonia and Clouseau talk about their relationship problems and Sonia says that the man she is in love with does not love her back. This and the above are clues that she is the Tornado's former lover.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Clouseau uses this gambit as bait to catch the Tornado when the Pink Panther diamond is seemingly destroyed after Clouseau bluffs Sonia Solandes into shooting it into dust, Clouseau has the real Pink Panther brought out, which he switched with the replica in a Bait-and-Switch setup in anticipation of the Tornado.
  • Never Suicide: The Tornado is found dead in his apartment, having supposedly committed suicide after destroying the Pink Panther. He was actually murdered by Sonia who framed him for the thefts.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In contrast to Herbert Lom, a Czechoslovakian-born emigrant to Britain, John Cleese's accent as Dreyfus in The Pink Panther 2 is strongly British, which is exceptionally ironic, given the historical rivalries between Britain and France. Hilarity Ensues when Cleese's Dreyfus tries to say the Override Command "hamburger" with his British accent in The Pink Panther 2, only for Steve Martin's imitation French mispronunciation of "hamburger" to successfully call off the security forces.
  • Orgy of Evidence: The Tornado is eventually found dead by suicide, surrounded by all the stolen items except the Pink Panther which his suicide note claims he destroyed. Everyone except Clouseau thinks they have gotten their man. It is revealed that all the thefts were actually committed by Sonia who framed the Tornado and killed him.
  • Phantom Thief: The Tornado is a thief who has never been caught. The the only clue to his identity is an unmatched blood sample which was obtained when he was shot while fleeing from authorities during a heist.
  • Sherlock Scan: Played for Laughs in the first meeting between Clouseau and Pepperidge:
    Pepperidge: Gentlemen, we first have to determine how the crime was committed. And as I am an expert at deduction...
    Clouseau: You are an expert at deduction?
    Pepperidge: That is my field.
    Clouseau: I believe deduction is my field, and since you are experiencing hip pain...
    Pepperidge: How did you know that?
    Clouseau: One side of the sole of your shoe is more worn than the other; you're favoring your right leg.
    Pepperidge: Tell me, did you enjoy your double espresso this morning?
    Clouseau: How did you...
    Pepperidge: Your pupils are noticeably dilated.
    Clouseau: And will you be moving out of the Hotel Montmartre? They are doing construction at night around the Montmartre so as not to disturb daytime traffic. From your puffy eyes, I deduce you spent a sleepless night.
    Pepperidge: Speaking of traffic, are you enjoying your Smart car? Your trousers are wrinkled behind the knees.
    Clouseau: And how do you think your favorite football team, Arsenal, will do this year? That matchbox is from the only bar in Paris that shows English football telecasts.
    Pepperidge: You have tissues in your shoes to make you look taller.
    Clouseau: You were finally 14 before you finally learned to enjoy avocado.
    Pepperidge: Tell me, how did you enjoy your trip to the airport this morning?
    Clouseau: Now, how did you know that? [the airport stamp on Clouseau's hand is visible to everyone]
    Ponton: Perhaps one of you should begin.
    Clouseau: Yes, this is silly.
    Pepperidge: You've recently lost your favorite cheese grater.
    Clouseau: You have an aversion to cow bells!
    • Vincenzo brings an end to this when he discovers a piece of broken glass with fingerprints on it.
  • Woman Scorned: This turns out to be Sonia's reason for framing the Tornado and killing him.

Alternative Title(s): The Pink Panther 2


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